Pure enthusiasm, pressed into irresistible elegance. In it’s unmistakable lust for life, Hacivat generates a sense that the greatest show on earth is the one that surrounds us. Bergamot bursts forth, initially juicy, but gradually more reserved against the rose gold acid trip that is pineapple and grapefruit: pineapple’s tangy sugars surge against grapefruit’s jagged, terse spice. The positively dynamite opening of Hacivat sets the stage for what will undeniably be a theatrical perfume. Jasmine never fails to steal the spotlight, and she does so here, but in a gracious, playful way which allows pacthouli and cedarwood extra stage time–even if these notes are mainly exist to bolster jasmine’s earthy smolder. Clearwood is an opaque but clean presence, like a ghostlight keeping the theatre warm at night with it’s cool glow. Oakmoss captures whiffs and puffs of ancient performers and their powders and make ups. Dry timberwood creaks, like the boards beneath our feet in a silent, momentous revelation. Hacivat is at once lyrical and light, a fragrance of undeniable depth which slowly unfurls over time. Wear it and revel in the every day as you’ve never known it–the greatest diversion.
About the Shadow Play Trilogy Collection:
The main inspiration for Nishane in 2016 was the poetry of Rumi. In 2017, the SHADOW PLAY collection is inspired by traditional shadow puppetry. An ancient form of storytelling and entertainment, this puppetry is built around flat, finely articulated cut-out figures (shadow puppets) held between a source of light and a translucent screen or scrim. The cut-outs sometimes include translucent color or other types of detailing, and various effects can be achieved by moving both the puppets and the light source: a talented puppeteer can make the figures walk, dance, fight and laugh.
Nishane’s creative directors, Mert Guzel and Murat Katran, dreamed of bringing the stories of Hacivat, Karagoz and Zenne (the lead characters of the traditional Turkish shadow play) to life, through scent, and to explore the contrasting ways humans (or puppets) interact. Energetically, HACIVAT (translating roughly to Ivaz the Pilgrim) celebrates elegance, competence and a love of art. ZENNE is beauty, self confidence and flirtation. KARAGOZ represents both wit and honesty. As these three scents intersect and diverge, we experience a fragrant magic, as big and unpredictable as life itself.